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| Passport in Time - Archaeology Volunteer Projects
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Apr 20, 2008, 14:22
If youve always daydreamed about being a modern day archaeologist, then weve found a program that youre going to love!
Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service (FS). Participants work with professional archaeologists and historians on projects including archaeological excavation, rock art restoration, survey, archival research, historic structure restoration, gathering oral histories, or writing interpretive brochures. Thats just a small sample! Volunteers have helped stabilize ancient cliff dwellings in New Mexico, excavate a 10,000-year-old village site in Minnesota, restore a historic lookout tower in Oregon, clean vandalized rock art in Colorado, survey for sites in a rugged Montana wilderness, and excavate a 19th-century Chinese mining site in Hells Canyon in Idaho.
It doesnt cost anything to participate in these projects, but you do have to get yourself to the project locations, and sometimes you have to pay for your own food and lodging. All in all, it seems like a pretty cool way to spend a Spring break or part of your summer!
Find a new project by clicking on the state youre interested in visiting. States shown in green have current projects.
Source: USDA Forest Service
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